In the fall of 2011 I began a very cool project with NYC based baroque ensemble, The Sebastians. We hatched a plan for a program that would interweave Vivaldi Concerti Grosso from his Op.3 collection L’Estro Harmonico and a set of interludes written by moi. The idea was to create a new, contemporary context for these landmark Vivaldi pieces. It’s been a fascinating process. I’ve spent a lot of time listening to Vivaldi, researching his work, and thinking about those funny things they call ‘period’ string instruments.
We got a nice grant to support the development and presentation of the project. With the help of said grant we created a swanky blog devoted to the Night Scenes. You should check it out. There are audio samples of the interludes (here, here and here), posts about some of the instrumental techniques I’m using, and posts about the story behind my pieces.
The first incarnation of the Night Scenes from the Ospedale took place December 17th and 18th, 2011 in Hamden, CT and Collinsville, CT. In 2013 we had performances at the Italian Academy of Columbia University, Connecticut College, and in Nyack, NY. Following these shows we hit the studio to record the project as an album, which has been released and is available here.
Check out a sample track from the album:
The album is available in all digital places. Click here get a copy!